Turaida Castle, Sigulda

4.2
Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
Walk along the castle ramparts and explore the elements of medieval building at Turaida Castle, which means "Thor's garden" in the language of the ancient inhabitants. The red-brick castle is a cultural landmark with a special protection status. Archbishop of Riga requested the building be constructed for an order of Crusaders in 1214. As you tour the building, you'll see the original surviving fragments of a defensive wall, the main tower, a semi-rounded tower, and the western section. Learn about the history and the restoration process at exhibits inside the restored buildings. You can climb the main tower for a view of the valley. See Turaida Castle and all Sigulda has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sigulda trip itinerary builder site.
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  • Nice place, spacious, a lot of pathes for walking, interesting sculptures, and, of course, very cosy castle. There are benches all over the territory, thus it is very convenient for families with...  more »
  • Amazing place especially if you do the hike in the national park to get there. Very beautiful and totally recommended.  more »
  • The castle is part of a huge area and the views especially from the tower are beautiful, but it lacks authenticity and the aged feel you would expect in an old castle. Especially the interactive...  more »
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  • We went during fall and I'm so happy we did. It was absolutely gorgeous. It was about a 20 minute wait in line to go up the tower but totally worth it. It's a spectacular view from the top.
  • I visited here as a day-trip from Riga. You can visit by bus or train. I got a small minivan for 2.80 which I suggest as got right outside Turaida castle. The castle itself is nice with some displays on the history of the castle in English. You can combine this trip with some other sites in Gauja national park
  • One of the most beautiful castles I saw an amazing view from the top. It had a staircase which only had one way to either go up or come down so that was pretty interesting. I was glad they were not many people when we were there
  • I honestly don't have much to say about this place. I giving it 3 stars because I think it's over priced for it is. You wander round, looking at buildings, or what's left of them you can climb a 6 story building and check out the views, read some information and look at some shattered history. Again, if it's part of a day tour, I would (have done) visit it but it wouldn't be a priority for me. Some places were being restored, so we didn't get to see everything. The tower is the best part, in my personal opinion.
  • It's cheap and really quite good, the castle is very impressive and the grounds are lovely. The entry price is worth it for the tower alone, great views from the top, I just hope for better weather for you than on the day I was there. There's a separate exhibit that was free on the day I was there, but is usually €3 extra - this didn't impress, as there was a lot to read, and not much to see. It's very new though, so they need to pay for it somehow!

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